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Chemistry A Level - Level 3

Overview

Chemistry plays an important role in the modern world and has a huge impact on our lives. Chemists are involved in a diverse range of careers from developing medicines to analytical roles in industry or healthcare.

During this course you will build and develop your knowledge of many chemical principles including reacting amounts, structures, bonding, energetics, equilibria and organic chemistry. The course is delivered through a combination of practical work that will develop your skills as a chemist, interactive lessons and independent study.

What does it combine with?


Start dates and fees

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September 20241509Apply online

What will I study?

This course will help you to build and develop your knowledge of the three main areas of chemistry (physical, organic and inorganic) through a good mix of practical and theory based work.

Core areas will include linking atomic structure to the chemical and physical properties of materials, investigating factors which affect the rate and energy changes of a chemical reaction, and synthesising complex organic molecules from simple precursors.


Entry requirements

You will need a total of 5 GCSEs at level 4 or above including:

  • English Language (Grade 4)
  • Maths (Grade 6)
  • Double Science (Grade 6/6) or Chemistry (Grade 6) or Triple Science (6/5/5)
  • Plus, one or two other GCSEs at grade 4 if you only have GCSEs in Chemistry or Double Science. 

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.


How long is the course?

2 years.


How will I be assessed?

A Level certification is awarded upon completion of three examinations at the end of the two year course. A certificate of practical competence is also awarded upon completion of twelve required practical tasks during the course.


What does the course lead to?

Some chemists use their well-developed analytical skills to pursue careers in wide-ranging fields such as finance, law or forensics.


What can I progress onto?

Further study at university-level on a chemistry-related course, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary science, chemical engineering and many biological science degrees.


Career opportunities


How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each A Level course you are interested in individually.

Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the courses you have chosen as well as any alternatives you may be considering.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your course choices.

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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